Jehovah's Witnesses

A sect derived from Charles Taze Russell (1852-1916), and continued by his successor Rutherford. It emphasises a literal understanding of the Bible as prediction of future events, and the expectation of the imminent coming of the Kingdom of God.

Jehovah’s Witnesses are so named because they believe it very important that God should be called by his proper name of Jehovah. They believe that Christ is the first of God’s creations, but not the Son of God. They believe that the Kingdom will be inaugurated by the battle of Armageddon, which was predicted for 1914. This has been reinterpreted to mean that the Kingdom was in some sense established in 1914, but the final fulfilment will come later. They use their own version of the Bible, called New World, a very literal word-for-word translation.

The emphasis of Jehovah’s Witnesses activity on study, for which they meet together in a “Kingdom Hall”, and on door-to-door visiting in which they sell their magazine, the Watchtower, and try to engage people in discussion about the Bible.

For Kingdom Halls in the Faith Wales area, click here.


Information

The Chaplaincy to the University of Glamorgan provides the following information from its own researchers. Each page has been checked by the chaplaincy advisor from the relevant faith group. Within every major religion, there are differences of opinion between leaders, and between leaders and followers. We only aim to provide an overview.